Product Type: Clippasafe child car seats
Newest Review: ... mirror that has a large suction cup on the back. You use the suction cup to fix the clippasafe mirror to your windscreen and this allows ... more
Where's that %!@* mirror I think one of the kids is choking!
Clippasafe Child View Mirror
Member Name: mumto3
Clippasafe Child View Mirror
Advantages: none to this brand but the idea is a good one
Disadvantages: it doesn't stay on the window - the mirror slides down so it faces the floor
When I had my first child I was like all first time mum's and needed and wanted every available gadget that claimed to keep my baby safe.
One of those gadgets was a mirror that I could place in the front of the car so that I could see my baby while I was driving.
I found one online that only cost a few pounds and immediately sent off for it. The mirror I chose was the Clippasafe Child View Mirror. This mirror is still widely available online and in many stores. The item is usually priced at between £3 and £10 depending on the amount of shipping being charged.
The clippasafe child view mirror is a mirror a bit smaller than your rear view mirror that has a large suction cup on the back. You use the suction cup to fix the clippasafe mirror to your windscreen and this allows you to see into the rear seats without having to turn round.
The idea of this is great in theory and I'm sure that there are child view mirrors that work very well but I was quite disappointed with the clippasafe version that I bought.
Firstly the suction cup does not work very well and constantly falls off. This can be dangerous if it falls into the driver's foot well and gets under your feet but it is also inconvenient because you have to keep re-applying the mirror. The second problem is with the design of the pivoting head of the mirror. While this is great because you can adjust the angle of the mirror to suit your height and see more of the back seat it also means that the movement of the vehicle causes the mirror to sort of droop down over time.
I did spend quite a lot of time sticking the mirror back up or re-adjusting the angle so that I could see my daughter but at that time I felt that I had to be able to see her at all times. It is a new mum thing I think because as I had more children my need for the mirror lessened. I also found that trying to see two children in the back of the vehicle meant even more adjusting f the mirror which could easily cause an accident whilst driving.
After about a year or so the suction cup refused to stick anymore so I would keep the mirror in the cup holder and just hold it up to see the children if I needed to.
The clippasafe child view mirror can only help you to see a child in a forward facing car seat so is no good for newborns travelling in the rear seats.
I wouldn't recommend this particular brand because I found it more problematic than helpful but I do think that having a mirror like this is a good idea when you have young children because it gives you a bit of peace of mind.
The car than I now own has something called a conversation mirror that retracts into the roof of the vehicle. I find this very helpful for keeping an eye on my children but I also know that it won't fall down and can be pushed up out of the way if I don't need it.
Summary: The idea is good but the product isn't